Malzer named as new board chair for Interior Health
Erwin Malzer of West Kelowna has been named to head the board of Interior Health Authority as current Chairperson Norman Embree tenures his resignation at the end of this year.
In his new role, Malzer will guide the nine-member Board of Directors in ensuring the organization’s short and long-term success through meaningful transformation of the health-care system, improved patient care, and overall sustainability.
“Norman Embree has served Interior Health for the last seven years, and I want to thank him for his contributions to supporting the health of people in this region,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.
“Mr. Malzer brings a wealth of experience to this important leadership role. His leadership will mean that Interior Health Board continues to provide strong strategic direction for the medical needs of Interior residents.”
Embree is looking forward to working with Malzer during the next several months as he transitions into this new role.
“His experience with the Interior Health Board over the last seven years, his leadership on several of our Board committees, and the valuable relationships he has built during his tenure will serve him well as he takes on the role of Board Chair,” said Embree.
Malzer has over 40 years of board experience, either chairing or as a director of numerous corporate, professional, community, and trade organizations throughout Canada; and he currently serves on the Executive Board of the BC Institute of Corporate Directors.
Malzer has served as an Interior Health Board Member since 2007; during that time, he has chaired the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board, and is currently Chair of the Governance Committee.
Ethics in decision-making and patient safety have been primary areas of focus for him while with the Interior Health Board of Directors and he has been the lead Director providing Board oversight for all of our major P3 capital projects in the Okanagan, including the Kelowna Vernon Hospitals project and the Interior Heart and Surgical Center.
Malzer is a seasoned management consultant and information technology executive. He has consulted in health care and has helped organize the annual Reboot Health Conference for the past five years.
Formerly a senior IT Partner with PwC and an executive with IBM, he had leadership responsibilities for Western Canada.
To complement his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and MBA degrees, he has completed the Corporate Governance College director education program and is also a certified corporate director (ICD.D), a certified management consultant (CMC), and has been awarded designation as a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants (FCMC).